Naturally, this would have been much better with fresh shrimp and tomatoes. However, I already had these on hand so I used them. It was still fantastic. The red pepper does add quite a bit of heat though, so adjust to your taste. The goat cheese round works well to cut through some of the spiciness. I really enjoyed this dish! I will be sure to try it in the future with raw shrimp and fresh peeled and seeded plum tomatoes.
I had some left over goat cheese from my Orecchiette with Swiss Chard, Red Peppers and Goat Cheese dish. When I was looking for recipes, I came across this one from Cooking Light.
1 slice white bread
1 (4-ounce) package log-shaped goat cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1.2 can peeled whole tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 cups hot cooked linguine (about 12 ounces uncooked pasta)
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bread in a food processor mixing until breadcrumbs form. Add the breadcrumbs to a small saute pan over medium heat. Watch them carefully, stirring occasionally. Heat until slightly browned. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Slice the goat cheese into four equal sized pieces.
Roll the goat cheese in the cooled breadcrumbs. Arrange on a baking sheet and put in the fridge.
In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes, water, sugar and red pepper and cook for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
If you are using uncooked shrimp, add the salt and shrimp and cook for 4 minutes or until the shrimp is done. I had precooked shrimp on hand, so I only added the salt. Remove from heat. Add pasta and sliced basic to the mixture. Set aside and keep warm.
Remove cheese rounds from the fridge. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
Divide the pasta and shrimp evenly among 4 bowls. Top each with 1 goat cheese round.